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Investigation into dumping of fabricated industrial steel components from five countries

September 16, 2016

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) launched an investigation on whether certain fabricated industrial steel components originating in or exported from China, Korea, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom are being sold at unfair prices into Canada. The Agency will also investigate whether subsidies are being applied to the same components from China.

The investigations are the result of a complaint filed by Canadian manufacturers in Lévis, Québec and Edmonton, Alberta. The complainants allege that as a result of price undercutting from the subject countries, Canadian producers face lost revenue and market share, resulting in reduced production and employment.

In the next step of the investigations the Canadian International Trade Tribunal began its preliminary inquiry to determine whether the imports are actually harming Canadian producers and will issue a decision by November 11, 2016.

Concurrently, the CBSA will investigate whether the imports are being sold in Canada at unfair and/or subsidized prices, and will make preliminary decisions by December 12, 2016.

Anti-dumping and/or countervailing duties could eventually be applied to the goods under investigation. Although such duties are normally only applied to goods released on or after the date of the CBSA's preliminary determination, if the Tribunal determines that an unusually large increase in harmful imports has occurred prior to the CBSA's decision and that the retroactive application of anti-dumping and/or countervailing duty is therefore justified, such duty could be levied on the goods brought into Canada as of the investigation's starting date.

Links:

- CBSA Notice of Initiation of Investigation

- Tribunal's Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2016-003

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